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About the Course

-- About the Course -- From the Nuremberg trial to the case against Saddam Hussein, from the prosecution of Al-Qaeda terrorists to the trial of Somali pirates – no area of law is as important to world peace and security as international criminal law. Taught by one of the world’s leading experts in the field, this course will educate students about the fundamentals of international criminal law and policy. We will explore the contours of international crimes such as genocide, war crimes, terrorism, and piracy. We will examine unique modes of international criminal liability and specialized defenses. And we will delve into the challenges of obtaining custody of the accused and maintaining control of the courtroom. -- Course Syllabus -- This course comprises eight units (or "modules"). Each will include an assigned reading, typically an article or book chapter, as well as a simulation designed to bring the readings to life. I will also offer video lectures on each of the topics, accompanied by slides. In addition, there will be online role-play exercises and debates, enabling the students to share their own insights. The order of class sessions will be: (1) History: From Nuremberg to The Hague (2) International Crimes Part 1: War Crimes, Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, and Torture (3) International Crimes Part 2: Terrorism and Piracy (4) Special modes of liability: command responsibility, co-perpetration, and incitement (5) Special defenses: insanity, obedience to orders, duress, and head of state immunity (6) Gaining custody of the accused: extradition, luring, abduction, and targeted killing (7) Pre-Trial Issues: plea bargaining, self-representation, and exclusion of torture evidence (8) Maintaining control of the courtroom -- Recommended Background -- You don’t have to be a lawyer and there are no prerequisites for this course. However, the course will be conducted at the level expected of advanced undergraduate students. Therefore, for all participants, reading and writing comfortably in English at the undergraduate college level is desirable. -- Suggested Readings -- Students should read the assigned online materials for each unit in advance of the class session. In addition, students are invited to subscribe to “War Crimes Prosecution Watch,” a free bi-weekly e-newsletter that summarizes the latest developments in the field of international criminal law. -- Course Format -- This course is made up of eight content units. Each unit is based on an online reading assignment, a video lecture of about one hour in length, and one or more role play exercises to stimulate on-line discussion. The course also offers in-video enrichment quizzes (ungraded) for each unit, a ten question multiple choice midterm diagnostics exam (ungraded), and a ten question True/False Final Exam. -- FAQ-- How will this course be graded? This course is graded on completion. In order to complete the course each student must: (1) finish each module (or “lesson”); (2) write at least one essay response of 200 words or more for at least one simulation throughout the course; and (3) get a score of 6 out of 10 or better on the Final Exam. What resources will I need for this course? For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, and the time to read and discuss the exciting materials available online. What is the coolest thing about this course? The topics we will be discussing are ripped from the headlines. The topics are often controversial and thought-provoking, and always exciting....

Top reviews


Oct 24, 2020

Extremely well-organized. Really glad to see how all previous examples and history records were referenced to every topic. Neatly explained topics. Every aspect was discussed and explained in detail.


Sep 21, 2020

learned so much from this course, absolutely loved it, and the way the professor taught the lessons showed his experience and his knowledge even for fist timers it would be a great course to opt for.

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By Camila C

Aug 17, 2020

Excelente curso, actualizado a pesar sus años y muy completo.

By Shirish P

Oct 5, 2022

suggest this to every International Criminal Law enthusiast

By Shreya S

Aug 5, 2019

highly recommended for people who want to learn criminal law

By Rhea K M

Oct 21, 2020

Amazing course! Loved the faculty. Very informative course.

By Silvio L J

Sep 1, 2020

O Curso é incrível, todo internacionalista deveria fazê-lo.

By Rosa V Y R

Oct 7, 2019

I liked it a lot is very interesting and you learn too much

By Uzo-Nwokorie T C

Jul 31, 2022

Very interesting, educational course. Great lecturer too!

By Nilukshi R M

Aug 23, 2020

Very impressed by the content and delivery of the program.

By Sténio M

May 15, 2022

Must details and adaptation videos it's really works.....

By Scarlet J

May 1, 2021

I loved this course I did not imagine it to be this fun !

By basir a

Jan 26, 2021

The Course was a great source of information. Thank you.

By Malik A Y K

Sep 16, 2020

Excellent course for learning International Criminal Law.


Jul 17, 2020

Great training course, all thanks and appreciation to you


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By Anna P

Jul 19, 2017

The best course on I hope it will continue.

By Sabari K S

May 24, 2020

highly useful especially the professor is great.....


May 27, 2022

Vry impressive course and the way of teaching is super.

By Eliedi

Oct 22, 2020

Very good for developing international law enforcement.

By Andrea S

Oct 26, 2021

Michael P. Scharf is absolutely amazing. Great course!

By صالح ا

Sep 7, 2021

Thank you very useful article was on international law


Aug 16, 2020

It was a very useful and very enjoyable lesson for me.

By Tanjim R

May 31, 2020

This was a nice course with great examples. Thank you.

By Abrar a

May 17, 2020

Awesome course and we have learned

New things about law

By Natalia E

Feb 26, 2019

Excellent course, very interesting and well designed.

By Miguel B C

Jun 11, 2018

me gusta solamente que me cuesta traducirlo en español